New indictment filed against Paul Manafort

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a court hearing in Washington D.C. on May 2

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a court hearing in Washington D.C. on May 2

The case now accuses both Manafort and Kilimnik, 48, of Moscow, of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning they allegedly worked together to contact two possible witnesses in Manafort's case since February.

As mentioned, this comes on the heels of Mueller's prosecutors accusing Manafort of trying to tamper with a witness and calling for pre-trial release to be revoked or revised. Moreover, several court documents filed by Mueller's prosecutors refer to Kilimnik as having "ties" to Russian intelligence organizations.

The additional charges could add to pressure on Manafort to cut a deal and cooperate with Mueller's probe, legal experts said.

'They haven't been convicted of anything. A witness told investigators recently that Manafort wanted them to commit perjury about a lobbying effort they worked on for him in the USA, a filing in DC District Court said.

Kilimnik did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Mr. Manafort asked no one to provide a false affidavit or false testimony at trial, or perjure themselves, and he has not given - nor offered to give - any potential witness anything in exchange for false testimony", the response said. The work is the basis for the criminal case in Washington where Manafort faces charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, money-laundering conspiracy and false statements.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Prosecutors have used superseding indictments before to add new charges on Manafort. None of the charges in this indictment, or any previous ones, have anything to do with his campaign work, however. He is now on house arrest at his condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a $10 million unsecured bail.

That day was the first time prosecutors also revealed they knew about Manafort's efforts to pay an influential group of European politicians, called the Hapsburg group, €2 million to help his Ukrainian lobbying clients.

In the case of D2, a Manafort associate reached out to say Mr. Manafort was looking to share with the witness his own version of "what's going on".

The alleged cover-up stems from work Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians referred to informally as the "Hapsburg group", to advocate on Ukraine's behalf to US and European officials.

The two remained close while Manafort was working for Trump's campaign.

Kilimnik has been on the periphery of the Russian Federation investigation for months; he has been linked with a newspaper column that Manafort drafted making a case for himself in Ukraine.

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